St. Andrew’s monastery

St. Andrew’s monastery is situated almost at the end of the Karpaz peninsula. (You still have about 5Km to go before Cape Zafer itself). It is named after St Andrew, who was a follower of John the Baptist, and was the first to be called by Jesus Christ to spread Christianity. It is a place of reverence by both Turkish and Greek Cypriots.
It is thought that there has been a monastery here since Byzantine times, and is possibly the location of the surrender of Isaac Commenos to Richard the Lionheart in 1191, although no trace of any structure now remains.
The monastery was supposedly founded here, as during a journey to Palestine, the ship which was transporting Andrew went off course and struck the rocks here. On coming ashore, Andrew struck the rocks with his staff, at which point a spring gushed forth. The waters proved to have healing powers, and restored the sight of the ship’s captain who had been blind in one eye. Thereafter, the site became a place of pilgrimage, and in the 15th century, a small chapel was built close to the shore, where to this day, you can still collect the healing water. The church of the main monastery dates to the 18th century, while the main buildings are 100 years younger.